Washington, IL (16,071) - The City of Washington is seeking a confident, principled, and passionate professional to become its next City Administrator. Washington is part of the Peoria MSA and is located just 10 miles east of the City of Peoria in central Illinois.
Founded in 1825, Washington today is a flourishing community that is known for its safe and attractive neighborhoods, thriving business community, quality public schools, and outstanding parks and recreation facilities. Washington provides its residents with an enviable balance of charming small-town friendliness with convenient access to many exciting urban amenities that are available just minutes away within the Greater Peoria region.
Washington is located in Tazewell County along U.S. Route 24 and Illinois Route 8. It is also just 6 miles north of Interstate 74. Washington boasts a strong and growing local economy with abundant commercial and residential development opportunities. A robust retail sector, which draws customers from throughout the region, generates substantial sales tax revenue to support the municipal budget. Many of the community’s residents work for Caterpillar, one of the region’s largest employers, which has facilities just minutes from Washington.
The residents of Washington have access to 14 beautiful public parks and specialized recreation areas encompassing more than 260 acres which are maintained by the Washington Park District. The District and the City collaborate on an expansive hiking, jogging, and biking trail system that meanders throughout the community. In addition, Washington is home to “Five Points Washington” which was dedicated in 2007 and features a performing arts auditorium; a public library; an aquatics center; a banquet center; and a state-of-the-art recreation, wellness and fitness area. Five Points provides activities and programming for all ages within the community.
The City’s 71 full-time employees are deployed within five operating departments including Police, Finance, Public Works, Engineering, and Planning & Development. Fire and EMS services are provided by a private company on a contractual basis. The annual General Fund budget is $14 million while the total budget including all funds is $25.9 million. The City is in a very healthy financial position with strong unallocated reserves in all operating funds. For example, the current General Fund reserve equals 47% of net operating expenses within that fund. The City was recognized as a “home-rule community” by the State of Illinois in 1998 following a successful public referendum to do so.
The City of Washington is governed by a non-partisan nine (9) member City Council. The eight (8) alderpersons are elected by wards (2 per ward) to overlapping four-year terms. The Mayor is elected at-large to a four-year term. The Mayor only votes in the event of a tie. The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor and Council to oversee the operating departments and to administer the day-to-day activities of the municipal government. Among the Administrator’s major duties and responsibilities are the following:
Implementation of policies established by the Mayor and City Council
Coordinate with other elected officials and outside agencies
Prepare a proposed annual operating and capital budget for Council approval, and to administer that budget once adopted by the Council.
Directs the city's planning efforts
Conducts research, develops policies, and evaluates potential public program
Oversees and directs department heads
The City Council is seeking a strong leader with excellent communication abilities as the next City Administrator. Financial management and budgeting proficiency and experience are essential. Experience with economic development is also important. The Council is also particularly interested in candidates that understand and appreciate the importance of positive community relations and those that can speak effectively in group settings. At the same time, the new Administrator needs to be a person of conviction and confidence with the ability to assert his or her policy recommendations even when faced with some community opposition.
Viable candidates should meet the following minimum qualifications:
A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business administration, public policy analysis, urban planning, or some other related field of study (a Master’s Degree is preferred)
At least five (5) years of increasingly responsible local government administrative and/or managerial experience. Preferably as a municipal administrator/manager or an assistant administrator/manager.
A good working knowledge of nearly all aspects of a municipal government operations
Please apply online at www.govhrjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references. Applications will be accepted until September 27, 2021. Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Mark Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA at email@example.com or (309) 825-5091. The City of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.